Serena Williams has been during the past years a genuine dictator when it comes to actually ruling the WTA circuit. Despite her age, the 35-years-old is more than a lot at this level, Serena found a way to keep herself at the very peak -- stamina, mental strength, smart allocation of her physical resources, all that things which make a great player become a perfect mechanism that exudes high-class Tennis.

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Regarding the clay season, Serena had a slow start being forced to quit in Madrid. But, in Rome, she made a full run beating in the final her fellow compatriot Madison Keys (17 WTA) in straight sets 7-6, 6-3. Thus, the WTA no. 1 snatched her first title of 2016.

French Open possible schedule

According to the draw, Serena will start her 2016 adventure on the Parisian clay by facing an easy opponent in the first round, namely Magdalena Rybarikova (77 WTA) from Slovakia. if things go according to the plan, the real tests may arise starting with the 4th round.

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There is a possible hard nut to crack open, namely Ana Ivanovic. In the quarterfinals, Williams might face Victoria Azarenka ( 5 WTA), a real danger. Azarenka put Williams to silence at this year`s Indian Wells final. A potential semifinal might be this year`s Australian Open replay. Angelique Kerber ( 3 WTA) is the main favorite of the second quarter of the main draw. If she makes it to the finals, the three-times French Open champion might cross her path with either Simona Halep, Garbine Muguruza, or Agnieszka Radwanska.

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All the above scenarios are not nailed down. In a Grand Slam contest, the unpredictable outcomes are also part of the show. One thing is for sure: Serena Williams possesses the whole package needed to outrun all the players who might get in her way.

More than a title to defend

Williams is the defending champion at Roland Garros. Her mission is much more complex than defending last year`s success.

In 2015, she outshined Lucie Safarova in the final 6-3, 6-7, 6-2. In a long-term strategy, there is a thing that's worth being mentioned. In the following two months, Serena will have to defend 4000 WTA points ( Roland Garros and Wimbledon titles back in 2015). An early exit at the French Open might set in motion an undesired pressure.

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